Noam Chomsky: Public Education and The Common Good (2013)


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Dandelion Salad

with Noam Chomsky

LeighaCohen·Feb 8, 2013

In a country where the common attitude seems to be “every man for himself,” students need to band together to fight for their education among other public programs, said Noam Chomsky addressing more than 800 students at East Stroudsburg University on February 6, 2013.

Society, or the common good, as Chomsky called it, encourages people to focus on themselves and their own success. Programs such as public education and Social Security, which are now under attack, are based on a different perception.

“They are based on the perception that we should care about other people….That’s a dangerous perception. It means you should be a human being and not a pathological creature.”

Mr. Chomsky also gives an a long historical perspective to the educational system and how it has been used not for the common good but rather for the special interests of those who have power and money.

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